Posts Tagged With: #2022Foal

Duke, Naughty and Groot are all doing great.

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There have been a flurry of hits on Mil’s page lately, so here is a repost of her page and some updates:

KT Gun in a Million, “Mil,” was born May 23, 2014 and is a mare by KT Gunpowder N Lead and out of Wright on Sugarnic, “Stinger.”‘ Mil has been color tested by UC Davis as a smoky black and her brindle coloring cannot be explained by chimerism. On top of the crazy color, she is bred to the hilt. Mil’s dam, Wright On Sugarinic (Stinger) Won Pro division of the Cascade Cutters Futurity and is an own daughter of Lenas Wright On. Her dam, Just Plain Sugari has NCHA earnings of $111.31 and is an AQHA point earner. She is a granddaughter of Smart Little Mesa, Slide Me Again and Just Plain Colonel, who are all money and pt earners. She is also the dam of our Stallion, Just Plain Starlight. Top side, this filly is out of KT Gunpowder N Lead (Gunner) is a son of Cue Bars Laddie. Cue Bars Laddie is a roan stallion that has been shown as a reiner, cowhorse and rope horse. He was the recipient of the Open AQHA All Around Trophy and is a CCHA Hall of Fame Horse. Gunner is out of Charros Dandy Miss (Pistol) who was shown NFQHA and local shows. Great cow horse/ranch horse/rope horse. Homozygous for black mane and tail, and a dunskin. Gunner has greats on his papers like Peppy San, Doc O’Lena, Dandy Derby, Docs Jack Frost, and Imperial One. Gunner took the best of both and is a dunskin roan. Broke to ride in the Allison Trimble program and a very nice stallion. We continue to be impressed with this mare. Mil had ground work done with Katie Whetzel out of Pullman and a few rides with Katie. Next, Mil went to Josh Hoelscher in the Potlatch area for 30 days. After that she went to SE Idaho and was ranch ridden by Jake Geddes from 2018-2019. In the winter of 2019 she came home. Her first foal, KT Gunz for Chics, is by NZ Scotch Time, “Rip,” and is a yearling red roan filly. Her second foal,  KT Gunnin For King, “3,” is by KT King of Blue, “King” and is a Smokey Blue Roan (Color Tested Rn/n, E/E, N/Cr, a/a).

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For a little donkey that didn’t love people when she got here, she has become a great asset as well as a pet.

On Monday we finally got the Conley heifer Kade bought back in the middle of September. We were happy with how she looked and we got to meet a new shipper. Dean Libheart lives in Centralia and goes all over if anyone needs a shipper. Really nice guy. He had some longhorns in the trailer, so Toni tried to buy a heifer for Ben.  Kaine’s football games were postponed to Tuesday, so just practice for everyone after school. Anna, McCall and Ben packed their last few items before they were leaving early on Tuesday for the Nile. They are going to have a good time. I am sad I am not going with them. Anna has her Nile heifer, “Lacy,” 7, 166 and a char heifer. McCall is taking Mayhem, Kaine’s heifer. We are also getting ready for the Western Showcase the beginning of November. Toni and I continued to work on the two colt and two fillies.

Tuesday was a cluster of a day, but did not end up too bad. Ben, McCall and Anna headed out at 12:30 Am to the NILE show in Billings, MT. The got there at around 11:30 MT. They got the char heifer checked in, beds made, and went to the club calf sale with Morgan, who met them there. Toni and mom took Cappy and Absolute to the vet. Absolute had the lavage removed from her eye. She kept her eye and hopefully has some vision in it. Cappy was getting travel papers, he might move to Oregon. Absolute was tired of going to see Sheena, so was not the best to load. Kaine and Kade both had football games, so all of adults left at home divided and conquered. And we hustled to get it done. Mom, Jaxsen and I went to Kaine’s game, the rest went to Kade’s game. Both boys played like the super stars they are. Jaxsen, mom and I ran down and got pizza, per dad’s request, for dinner and then picked Kaine up and went home. During the night Dude got out at Toni’s and ran around the house.

On Wednesday Anna showed the char heifer and her and McCall fit her. She did a great job, the heifer looked awesome, and she showed really well. I would say she was the best behaving heifer in the ring. We were all able to watch on the livefeed. I thought she should have won hands down, however, the judge liked them a little bit more moderate framed. Mini Tank left on Wednesday and took his time loading. However, Kendra said he hauled like a rockstar, exited the trailer gracefully and started grazing. Toni and I worked on the foals, Toni went up and got the trailer and we practiced loading them, they all did great. Boys got home and did chores, the man and boys did the cattle chores.

Thursday early morning Dude started getting out again. So Dude and Leroy got to switch pens. When studs start going through hotwire, you just have to do something different with them. Dude is really easy to get in and seemed to be more interested in the grain he found than anything else.  At the Nile, the Jr show started at one, so Anna, McCall and Ben got up and got them ready. Anna and her team did great, Gamora was a division champion, Lacey won her class and 7 was 4th in her class. Anna and Lacey showed well in showmanship. Anna had her Nile interview in between showing. I think they got done around 6 Montana time, then still had to wash and feed. McKenna flew in on Thursday. At home, Jaxsen had a BBQ for grid kids. We all pitched in and got chores done. We got a new mare on Thursday, Gracie. Gracie is a great mare and we are excited to get her. We have known Gracie for a few years now and she is one of the sweetest kindest mares out there. She also has a very nice pedigree out of a money earning cutting stud, Cats Stormin Oak.

Happy Birthday Jaxsen! Last year before you are a teenager, the big 1 2. Friday Anna and McCall showed open in the morning. They did not do as well with the open judge as with the Jr judge, however, they both did a great job showing and the heifers looked great. The Nile Merit heifer competition started at 1 with the progeny parade. We also shipped out Dun Bug to a long time buyer, Janice. He loaded amazing and they were loaded and gone quickly. Kaine had a varsity game at Ki Be, I forgot my camera, Kaine was supposed to take it down to moms with him, and he forgot it. So when Jade came out to get the camera we found it missing, so Toni ran to my house and got it.  The Nile Merit Heifer show started, Anna and Lacey won the black Angus class. They were 3rd overall in breeding. The other WA girl, Alyssa Williams, with a Hangin A heifer from Alan Alexander, was Grand champion. We are proud of both of the WA girls. Anna made it back for the final round in showmanship as well.  We are so proud of how well Anna and Lacey did. Thank you 3C on your generous donation. Jaxsen was student of the month, so Toni went to that assembly and picked-up Jax and Kade. Meachams did chores. It rained Friday, Diane and I went to Ki Be to watch Kaine. The weather has been so nice for the football games. It was a great game besides the rain and seasonal temps. Diane, Kaine and I went to Bob’s Burgers after the game. Toni made finger steaks for Jax’s bday so Marlo had dinner with the Meachams.

Jaxsen’s last Grid Kids game was Saturday. They had a good game and he rocked it like normal. After the game, Jaxsen’s two best friends came out for a small bday party. Because boys are boys they mostly ran around and fought each other with sticks.  Kaine and I went and picked up Jessie, Truffles and Nugget at Cecil and Debbies house, all of the minis are back home now. We had someone out looking at bulls on Saturday, so Kaine and I got the bulls in and sorted out the Herefords and older bulls, since they wanted a yearling Angus bull. They picked 204. Toni was then back from football and I took Kaine down to his second homecoming, to Camas’ school. Ben, Anna and McCall were on their way home from the Nile, they picked the Seldom Rest heifers up at Midland Bull Test. The also ran into some snow on the way home. But they made pretty good time.

Sunday Anna left again at 2:30 in the morning to head to FFA Nationals. Ben took her and Brandy to the airport. Our 11 oclock horse pickup got lost, so she was a little late. But Jethro loaded like a champ. We had Jaxsen birthday party at noon, pizza, it was great. Jaxsen got lots of great presents. Both of the afternoon people were also late, however, only one of them was lost. And the lost one we saw drive by, and they went clear around again. We wormed 6 foals while we waited and haltered three. We moved the Conley heifer up with the other show cattle. We quarantined her for the week just in case she got sick from the trip. She didn’t.  After everyone left we notice Molly was laying down, she was one of the six we gave Zimectrin Gold to. So we got some meds down her and we walked her for about an hr. She seemed better, so Toni and I went home. Mom texted at 10:30 she was down again. We went down to give her more meds and Toni told me she could walk her. Well, I found out the next morning that they had walked her all night.  I hear it got decently cold and windy. So Monday morning Molly was in at Sheenas at opening. That saga continues next week.

We are getting really into the halterbreaking. We are probably half done? Maybe less. Tulip has been nothing but exceptional. For a little donkey that didn’t love people when she got here, she has become a great asset as well as a pet. She still doesn’t let Kade catch her, maybe either big boy actually. Toni forgets Tulip doesn’t let him catch her, so sent him out to grab her the other day, Tulip ran off. We called Tulip over and she ran right to us and in the gate. Tulip is very amusing.

We are down to having 9 foals left for sale. We always find it interesting which foals don’t sell right away. Some that we think should sell quickly don’t. Others that we think might take longer to sell, don’t. We think all of the foals have been exceptional. I challenged Toni with telling me a foal she doesn’t like, she can’t. She has also wanted to keep all of them. It has been hard getting her to agree to sell anything. The colts are a little easier to sell since we don’t like riding geldings. The fillies have been like pulling teeth. And now that we are halterbreaking them, it has been extra hard because you get to see their personalities. These foals are just so nice. So if you see one you like and want to hear everything bad about it in an effort to get you not to buy, call Toni, she will tell you all bad things. Take them with a grain of salt.

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Gucci, Mini Tank and Peppy are all rockstars

This group is another group of rockstars.

And Dun Bug is going to be a great trail horse, he is already in the feed bunk.

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KT I am Major Groot

KT I am Major Groot
Sire: KT Heza Pana Dude
Dam: Watch Miss ID, “Twiggy.”
Date Born: 4/8/22
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Color: Bay
Price: $4,500
KT I am Major Groot is a charming colt by KT Heza Pana Dude, “Dude,” and out of Watch Miss ID, “Twiggy.” Dude is a great stallion that we kept by Zinks Major Kid. Dude was started by Jordan Crabtree in Ferndale, WA and he was a great horse to start, Jordan enjoyed riding him. He produces foals have a lot of size, great personalities and are very trainable. He is great to be around and is really a trifecta for us, pedigree, personality and confirmation. His pedigree includes Pana Dude, Major Bonanza, Skipper W and more. Twiggy is a daughter of ID Watch, a red roan AQHA stallion that has earned his ROM. Twiggy’s breeding also includes Two Eyed Jack on her papers, Watch Joe Jack, Mr. Baron Red, and Do Jack. She is a very friendly, moderate framed mare that produces some great performance prospects. She is a favorite to visitors coming out, she loves attention and have very personable foals that are fancy. This colt is going to be fancy with his marking, and have the pedigree to really perform.

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KT Willie War Doc

KT Willie War Doc

Sire: Doll Docsan, “Leroy”
Dam: KT Copper Doc Lona
Date Born: 3/23/22
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Color: Palomino
Price: $4,500
Here is another phenomenal colt out of Lona by Leroy. Lona is out of Docs Sizzle Bar and Copper War Chic, “Chicken”. Chicken was a great cow horse and show horse that we had for many years. We did not start breeding Chicken until she was in her 20s, so we only got three foals out of her, one filly and two colts. We broke Lona to ride and have used her as a broodmare. Lona’s grandsire was Willie War Chic, ROM Race ~ SI 95. Loan’s breeding also includes, Sizzlin Hot, Docs Dee Bar, Ed Echols and more. Leroy is a stallion with a performance packed pedigree along with a very good disposition. He was a very smooth ride with tremendous talent, beautiful movement and huge stop. He was quiet and trainable which he passes along to his foals; he consistently produces fantastic foals with looks, color, conformation and brains. Leroy was unshown due to a wire cut injury that took a long time to heal; it happened just before hitting the showpen as a 3 year old and as a result he was turned out to the studpen. Leroy has produced 1 foal that has NRHA earnings. He also has a 3 year old competing in Western Dressage, was 3rd in Canada in July 2016 and has racked up more 1st place finishes since then. He is sired by Dolls Union Jac- ROM, NRHA earnings, and sired foals that have earnings in excess of $310,000.00 in NRHA, as well as earnings in NRCHA, Buckskin Assoc., and the AQHA world show. Leroy’s dam is Docsan Jeany who has produced foals with earnings in excess of $3700.00 and AQHA point earners. Leroy is also double registered with NFQHA at 92%.
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KT Shining in Hollywood

KT Shining in Hollywood

Sire: KT King of Blue, “King”
Dam: A Little Shadie Chic
Date Born: 6/23/22
Color: Buckskin Roan
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Shadie has outdone herself once again. She had this beautiful filly by KT King of Blue, “King.” Shadie has been shown on the reining circuit, specifically NRHA taking home the 2006 Reserve Regional Experience Reining Region One. This mare continued her show career earning multiple points. Shadie continued to take young people to the show ring until becoming a broodmare. Shadie is a daughter of Comandalena who has earned over $143,000.00 and 260.5 points. On the bottom side Shadie is a granddaughter of A Little Shady Jac, earner of $17,715.86 in NRHA and AQHA points. Doc Tom Tucker, Hollywood Jac 86, Fritz Command, and Smart Little Lena are on Shadie’s papers. King is out of KT Copper Queen Isabelle, “Izzy,” and by Shining Blue DR, “Bish.” Bish is a very good looking son of Autumnator, who is sired by SMART LITTLE LENA. Smart Little Lena is earner of $743,275, NCHA Triple Crown Op Ch. Autumnator’s dam is AUTUMN BOON is an earner of $244,470 NCHA. Dam of 26 foals, 17 perfs earning $1,003,985 NCHA/WS. Bish’s dam is Plum Sparkling who is by Shining Sparkler, a gorgeous palomino son of Reining and Reined Cowhorse Leading Sire Shining Spark.
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KT Special Edition “Joss”

KT Special Edition “Joss”
Sire: KT King of Blue, “King”
Dam: KT Lend a Hand, “Lendy”
Date Born: 6/09/22
Color: Buckskin
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What a beautiful foal Joss is. She is by KT King of Blue, King is out of KT Copper Queen Isabelle, “Izzy,” and by Shining Blue DR, “Bish.” Bish is a very good looking son of Autumnator, who is sired by SMART LITTLE LENA. Smart Little Lena is earner of $743,275, NCHA Triple Crown Op Ch. Autumnator’s dam is AUTUMN BOON is an earner of $244,470 NCHA. Dam of 26 foals, 17 perfs earning $1,003,985 NCHA/WS. Bish’s dam is Plum Sparkling who is by Shining Sparkler, a gorgeous palomino son of Reining and Reined Cowhorse Leading Sire Shining Spark. Joss’ dam, Lendy, is a stunning daughter of Zinks Major Kid. Zinks Major Kid is by John Zink 1972 – AQHA Pts and 67 Palomino Halter pts and and 119 Palomino Performance Pts . He was out of Sheza Major Star who was also shown AQHA and is by Major Bonanza. Tuffy is a very pretty dun mare with lots of chrome; she’s 14.2 hands tall and a combination of cow horse and running horse. Top side is Continental and bottom side is Breeze Bar. She throws chrome and big bone. Vein Morales showed Lendy at the Yakima Fair, were she got second in halter.

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This was our last true summer vacation weekend. Next weekend we will head to the fair for set-up, then we go to our first fair, then the kids go back to school.

Monday I went to Pasco for a meeting first thing, then I picked up Terry from work and Terry and I went to Othello for a meeting, had lunch at Checos, then back to Pasco. We only had to do a little zigging and zagging to miss most of the road construction on highway 17. Sagebug got a new outside mare on Monday, DD. Anna took Riggs back into Sheena for a checkup, she got to get her cone off of her head and stiches out, she is a happy girl. Toni also took pictures of the kids with their steers, and ordered some Ranch Dressn items, since we are retailers for Ranch Dressn. We also bred Lucy the other outside mare getting bred to King again. Moved water, chores, etc. Toni has an emergency hearing on Wednesday, so she has also been preparing for it. Our new freezer was delivered on Monday, it was heavier then it looked, it took all the men and boys to get it in the house. I am happy we have the boys so I did not have to help. Dad also started driving for a different friend’s wheat harvest. We are unclear how long this wheat harvest will last.

Tuesday on my way to work I was on the ditch road above the field so could see the horses were in the haystack.  I ran down and chased them out. They had broken the chain on the gate. We had a pretty chintzy chain holding that gate closed, so the chain did its best, but it was just a matter of time.  Toni is still working on getting ready for the emergency hearing on Wednesday. The kids worked on their animals. Toni went down and took the boys’ pictures of them with their steers so I could upload them on Wednesday. Kaine and Anna put the hot fence around the horse fence back up, the cows had knocked it down. Kaine cut down some Russian Olive trees. Anna got show tack ready for the fairs. Kade worked on his roping, like he does most afternoons after working on his steers. Tomrens came out to visit the horses and Toni gave them the tour. On my way home from work there were some puppies playing in the road by Chase Pond, so I stopped. There was an old car here and with further investigation I located the owner in the ditch under the road bridge making himself a spot to sit?? I asked if they were his puppies, he said they were. I said they are playing on the road, and I rounded them up. It was a bit freaky, so I left the puppies then I headed home. Mom made us a rhubarb dessert that was quite good. The boys could not get the valve off in the old mare/Leroy pen for the big gun, so they got completely wet trying to change the water with it on. So they stripped down to their skivvies. The men were out working on circle 8, so I called them and said the boys need help, so dad and the men went out and tried to shut off the valve. That did not work, so Ben kinked the hose while the boys hooked it up. It was quite the sight.

Wednesday Toni had her emergency hearing. I uploaded the pictures of the kids to the Benton Franklin Fair website and the CBJLS website. I guess they are their sale pictures. Mom told me I did not mention in the blog last week that Molly had not been haltered for 3 months in the video. So, I am mentioning it. The boys helped the men fix circles Wednesday night, it sounded like 4, 5 and 8 were all having issues. Anna built a fence on the end of the corn field, a corner that is hit by the circle, and let the show heifers out there, so they could walk more and graze some. Anna also brought meat back up to the new freezer in the house from the outside freezer and brought Spicy and Weeman down to stay with Basil. Basil seemed lonely by himself. Toni and I changed water, finished up chores and hand bred Lucy.

Thursday Toni and I got back on the Eugene Auction site, we have not been on in a while, why we got on I do not know. Not to throw anyone under the bus, but one of our friends mentioned there were some horses on there we might like. That made Toni comment that we haven’t bought a new horse all year and we are 8 months in. What is wrong with us? Very unlike us to not get something new. I think this winter was so long and so hard that we are still feeling the repercussions and just haven’t bounced back enough to want to add another horse to the mix.  Lots of texts back and forth on what to buy. Then Jeannie and Sonny got involved, the list got longer.  Stay tuned the sale was Friday. We filled out the form on AQHA website to donate a foal to the Youth Heritage Program. It is a great program and we encourage all youth to apply on the AQHA website. We also decided on Thursday we were going to get the cows in this weekend and sort out the cull cows and get George to stop by and preg check them. I then started prebidding on the Eugene website and Toni yelled at me to stop bidding. Lots of fun on Thursday.

Friday morning mom and I went into Tennelles for a hair appt. I told the kids to get their animals caught and washed before I got home, we had lots to do. Anna went down after she got done washing to mow mom and dads yard, since dad has been harvesting. Sonny came and checked on Anna’s pigs. The boys and I caught their baby heifers and tied them up. Then the kids and I got in circle 4 and we weaned the bull calves and kept a couple of cows in to preg.  Friday night we spent lots of time on the phone.  We had narrowed it down to 3 mares that we felt we just had to have. Our top pick was no saled at $17.5, our next pick sold for $16.5, we were able to get our third choice at $4300. There was some drama as Toni thought she was in charge of bidding and she stopped, so I jumped in and got the mare bought. Sonny and Jeannie also bought three horses on our number.

Saturday we got circle 5 in and sorted off the cull cows and heifers for George to preg. Erina and Terry showed up with Katana and so Toni, Kaine and Kade ran down there and loaded up Kat. McCall showed up to get her clippers and stayed and helped. George showed up about 12:10 and we pregged 56 head. We had a full load sorted out to take to Toppenish. Lane showed up around when we needed to take the cows back, so McCall, Lane and Jaxsen rode in the pickup and the rest of us rode the horses. If Lane or McCall had wanted to ride, Toni or I would have been forced to give up a horse for them, but luckily they didn’t.  After we got back, Toni had Lane ride Pistol then Kevin to evaluate his riding skills. She described him as a clean slate, which is good. Then she can teach him how to ride correctly. The next time we all need to ride we will have to bring another riding horse over because we had them all saddled up.  McCall took lots of great action shots. Tall John showed up about the time we got back with a mini for the kids. Ben showed up shortly after that with a kitten he found in a corn field. Then Toni, the boys and I went to do chores and McCall, Ben, Anna and Lane finished putting the animals away at the house, putting the culls cows in pens etc. McCall then came to Mom’s. McCall and I got a halter on Ninja and Toni and John practiced loading Sam, then John and I moved the water. Mom made us strawberry triffle, one of our favorite desserts.  We brought Mom a present in the form of a cow. One of my favorite cows, Libby, who was a show heifer, hasn’t really been producing. She wanted to be a pet, so we asked Mom if she wanted her. Mom thought she was a Hereford, she is an Angus. So we put her out with Leroy. We will see how this goes. Molly was scared of Libby so that caused anxiety for no one but Molly. Molly needs a lesson in life. We are a cattle ranch, she had better not be afraid of cattle.

                Sunday Ben and I got up early and took the load of cows to Toppenish, it was a full load. Murtaugh and Maranda went with us. Toni worked on some law stuff and edited the pictures McCall took. The kids caught their steers and heifers and worked on them. Anna’s friend Brandy came over and Anna and Brandy went on a double date with Lane and Travis. Kaine and Kade went fishing. I tied Mayhem (the heifer) to Basil (the donkey) and Ramsey’s heifer (unnamed at this time) up. Then the boys got back from fishing and it was time to go and do chores. I tied Ninja up to Tulip and Toni worked on Sam and Glo.  We are getting Sam ready to ship out on the 19th, so really trying to get her loaded as many times as possible and just keep working on her.

This was our last true summer vacation weekend. Next weekend we will head to the fair for set-up, then we go to our first fair, then the kids go back to school. Kaine starts football next week, Anna has started her FFA President duties, I guess now that they are both in high school life gets serious.

We are getting ready to start weaning foals as soon as we get done with our last fair which will be the Othello Fair. We will start weaning Sept 24. For anyone with a foal that hasn’t contacted us, please get in touch with us so we can schedule when your foal needs to be weaned. We only like to wean 4 at a time. We have already started weaning our calves so that means fall is sneaking up on us.

If anyone needs beef or wants to support a 4-H or FFA project, the kids will have steers at Benton Franklin, CBJLS, and the Othello fair. The kids have worked very hard on their projects and appreciate any support.

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New terminology from Toni: hog (horse/dog), fog (foal/dog), fuppy (foal/puppy)

It is the kids first full week of summer. Toni went to Richland on Monday to visit the gallbladder specialist, so brought the kids, mom and dad back Chinese food for lunch from their favorite Richland spot.  And of course this is not a big surprise if you have been around Toni much, or my dad they both do this, she met random people at the restaurant while she waited for the food. One such guy needed to hire an Engineer so Toni is trying to get McKenna to call him. I was very jealous with my protein shake. After lunch dad and Anna took mini (the miniature horse) to Debbie’s to see Derringer (the mini stud). Then they went to Othello to get the Canyon from Deweys, I may or may not have hit a rock and broke the axle. But in my defense, I did not think there were any rocks along the fence line, I was stringing out wire and watching the wire wheel AND Murtaugh (Mur is a dog, FYI) was supposed to be watching for rocks. I hit the rock hard enough Murtaugh either jumped to the floor, because she was scared, and that is what I am going with, OR, option two that Ben likes, she was thrown to the floor by the impact. Whatever it is, Anna and dad picked up the fixed Canyon on Monday. Toni and dad and then Toni and I tried hand breeding Lucy, she seems to think she is in heat, but Leroy does not think she is in heat and she is a kicker.

Tuesday was a beautiful day. When I went to work Jackpot, Freida and the foals were in the alfalfa field, so I texted Anna and she ran down and got them in. They are walking through the circle gates, so we are looking at different options to change those out. Toni and the kids got circle 6 in Tuesday night. Then Toni and the boys started fixing the fence. I went down there after work, now only Jackpot and the two dry mares are down there, all of the mares and foals went home.  The boys went up and finished the show cattle chores and then went fishing. Anna went to a basketball game in Connell with her friend Brandi. Toni and I moved the water and moved some horses around. Isidro finally got his hay up in circle 6, it finally dried out enough. 

Wednesday was another beautiful day. The circle came back on at mom and dads. The horses like the water running, even when it is not that hot they stand under it. We moved Lucy, the Harder mare, to the corral. She is still kicking, but she seems to like Stetson, so maybe that will work? She is an old virgin mare so has some anxiety. We are really on the tail end of breeding, so there aren’t many mares in the corral for Stetson. Toni is still working on Sam to get her ready for Friday when she gets her first trim. Sam is really coming along. Sometimes foals just need some time to relax and be ready, mentally, to work and want to work. Sam is there. She is engaged and really wanting to be part of the team. Sam is for sale, she is the last yearling that we have marked to sell. She is very fancy, so not a hardship if she doesn’t sell.

Thursday was a busy day. Shadie finally foaled, fancy buckskin roan filly by King, looks a lot like Lendy’s filly. Dad, Anna and Kade took the heifers going to Jr Nationals to Soap Lake to get their feet trimmed. Dad drove up and Anna drove back. Kaine had another football scrimmage, Whitney brought him in for me. They played great. Toni finally had her gallbladder taken out, so she is going to take it easy for a couple of days. The surgery went well and hopefully she can eat good food again. I bought Toni present for finally getting her gallbladder out too.

Friday Chad came out and trimmed horses all day, with the kids. They all had a great time and they got a lot of horses trimmed. They got Sam done so now her hooves look beautiful.  And she did really well so the work that was put into her paid off.  John brought Butterfly back from getting a rebreed to PD.  John is great about helping us to get everything done. When I got home Toni and I hand bred the Harder mare to Stetson, and tried to breed Abs, but she is not in heat. We moved water, etc. The normal stuff. 

Saturday was another beautiful day. Kaine went to Camas’ house and they went to the river. Kade came down and Kade and Anna washed their heifers and steers.  Dick and Ann from north of Pasco came out, and I took them on the tour so they could see all of the horses.  I had forgotten how long the tour takes, it is a solid 2 ½ hours or more. In the afternoon Anna and I went and rolled up wire until chore time. Ben was out working on circles. The little wiper circle in the corn fields was having electrical issues and Eric from Lad had been out, they had been working on it for a few days. Trying to get it on before it got too hot. At chores Toni and I hand bred Lucy, the Harder mare again. Abs is still not in heat. We turned Sam back out with the other yearlings.

                Sunday was hot. Kade and Jaxsen came down. Anna, Kaine and Kade washed their jackpotting steers and heifers. Jaxsen and I got the other ones in and Anna was done about then and helped us catch them. They we led them to the wash rack and Anna and Jaxsen washed theirs and then Kaine and Kade washed theirs. They all did really well for their first time to the wash rack. Ben cooked some food for us to take with us to Missouri, then went back out to work on circles. The three older kids cleaned out the trailer and cleaned out some of the tack to get ready to go to Missouri.  We sent 2 outside mares home and talked about what other mares are done for the year. We are debating about breeding Shadie, so we will see.  We are trying to keep water on in all of the pens so they animals, especially the older ones, can stay cool enough.

                We went from winter to summer with no season in between, but I guess that is typical.  Looking out at the pasture, seeing all of the foals and how much they are changing is really fun. Somehow, we ended up with a funny guy named Rich. Toni has new terminology for Rich every day: hog (horse/dog), fog (foal/dog), fuppy (foal/puppy)?  He is just very entertaining. He has never really cared where his mom is. He will play with any animal or other foal, whether they want to or not. He knows no stranger. His sister, Peanut, was like this too, but not to this extent. Wild, Naughty, Willie and Stormin are also really tame, but Rich is in a category of his own.  And Rich is one of the younger ones so his personality has really started to express itself more and more.  We are just glad he is a colt so we won’t be tempted to keep him.  If anyone wants to come meet him, let us know. 

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